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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2014

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It's that time to wrap it up and make some choices on the top jazz releases of the year. Here are my picks for the best of 2014, in no particular order, with the exception of the first listing, pianist Paul Bley's disc, which stands out. I do love piano jazz.

Paul Bley
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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Schugren/Vin Scialla/Brian Charette/Mike DiRubbo: Wake Up!

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Wake-Up! is one of those surprises that jazz lovers live for. The names--four of them on the very well-designed, 1960s Blue Note Records-like cover--aren't top shelf in terms of profile. They might even be completely unfamiliar to the less than fanatical jazz fans. But what a band! What a set!

There's just something that ...